Research Scientist – Phycologist-Canadian Museum of Nature (CMN)

The Canadian Museum of Nature (CMN) is seeking a dynamic, innovative and creative phycologist to conceive, design and conduct a program of independent and collaborative, field and collection-based systematic research on algae; to publish results of scientific research; to contribute to and provide advice on the development and use of the National Herbarium of Canada algae collection; and to work with other museum staff on the development and production of exhibits, outreach and educational programs. The successful candidate will join the CMN’s Botany Section, which includes a team of eight research and collection staff. He/she will have access to excellent research infrastructure, including a molecular systematics laboratory, high-powered microscopy facilities, and the largest and most comprehensive algae collection in Canada.


Permanent Position

$73,676 - $88,920 per year

NOTE: A formal procedure for promotion based on achievements is in place to develop the career path of CMN’s research scientists. An excellent benefits package comes with the position.

OPEN TO: Employees of the Canadian Museum of Nature and the general public who meet the following qualifications.

EDUCATION: Ph.D. in biological sciences, with a specialization in the taxonomy and systematics of algae.


English and French are essential.

Bilingual imperative: BBB/BBB


The candidate must have demonstrated expertise in morphological and molecular taxonomy and phylogenetics of algae, with a proven publication record and an active research program, including fieldwork. Experience with the algae of Canada and/or the Arctic would be an asset, as would experience working in a museum context. The candidate should have experience in obtaining external support for research projects. The candidate must be comfortable with a collaborative and multi-disciplinary approach to projects.

The application should include:

a cover letter describing past and present research experience as well as a proposed long-term research plan, the ways in which this research would contribute to and utilize the CMN algae collection, and the fieldwork this research may include; a curriculum vitae; Three letters of recommendation may be requested from candidates at a later date.  SEND YOUR COMPLETE APPLICATION BY EMAIL TO:

Please state competition: NO.2090-CMN-17-OC-041

Statement of qualifications available by contacting the email address above.

For additional information regarding the position and/or the museum, please contact: Dr. Lynn Gillespie, 613-364-4075.

For information on the Museum and its programs, see our web site at:

Please note that only candidates who are selected for the next stage of the selection process will be contacted. 

The Canadian Museum of Nature is committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. If contacted regarding this competition, please inform the Senior Advisor, Human Resources should you require accommodation to attend an interview or participate in the selection process.

The Museum supports employment equity. 

CLOSING DATE: January 31, 2018 at 5 p.m.